Chapters

ALI ASGHAR SHAH – EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NEW SOUTH WALES

Ali Asghar Shah joined AACCI in April 2012, as National Secretariat Manager in Canberra. Since April 2015, he is the NSW Executive Officer and National Member Services Manager in Sydney. He is responsible for managing the NSW Chapter, supporting the Chapter Chairman and Management Committee to provide superior service to the NSW Chapter members.

At National level, Ali is responsible for implementation of the National Member Services Program. Ali also acts as Company Secretary to provide support to the AACCI National Board. He possesses a keen interest in international trade and business and has worked on a diverse range of strategic, marketing, policy and government affairs of the Chamber.

Ali holds a Bachelor of International Business from the Australian National University (ANU), majoring in the Middle East and the Arabic language, and is fluent in Urdu and Hindi. He has been a guest speaker at the ANU thrice on the subject of “The Importance of Free Trade”, and is a Council member for the university’s Alumni Council. His previous experience has been in editorial publications in Pakistan.

Ali holds a Bachelor of International Business from the Australian National University (ANU), majoring in the Middle East and the Arabic language, and is fluent in Urdu and Hindi. He has been a guest speaker at the ANU thrice on the subject of “The Importance of Free Trade”, and during his time there was actively involved with the university’s Pastoral Care network. His previous experience has been in editorial publications in Pakistan.

BARBARA HAGGERTY – EXECUTIVE OFFICER, VICTORIA

Barbara possesses strong business and management skills with focus on business relationships development coupled by well-established marketing, communications and strategy planning skills. These skills are underpinned by many years of experience gained in airline; sales, government and not-for-profit organisations; business events management, property investment and recruitment industries. Barbara has successfully managed large business projects and people involving multiple stakeholders across Australia and internationally with a high level of complexity.

Barbara has a strong overseas business development focus and interest in business networking opportunities between Australia and the MENA Region, which she visits regularly. Barbara has been an active member of AACCI Victoria Chapter Management Committee for five years and the last four years serving as the Vice Chair. Barbara possesses strong understanding of AACCI’s mission and is committed to delivering members’ networking and business opportunities as well as strengthening the relationships with stakeholders in Australia and across the MENA Region.

Barbara holds a Bachelor of Business & International Trade (Monash University), a Bachelor of Business Marketing & Management (Monash University) and a Masters of Business & Marketing (Swinburne University).

KARL ARISS – EXECUTIVE OFFICER, QUEENSLAND

Given his background in leadership, project management and process improvement, Karl has over 15 years of experience in Marketing & Communication, Media, Media Sales, Advertising and Management. He has a proven history of success directing large operations and projects, delivering superb revenue growth, managing professional teams and liaising with multicultural clients and professionals from around the globe.

Before moving to Australia, Karl held managerial positions with big media companies in the Middle East and GCC countries, dealing with multi-million dollars advertising budgets. Karl travelled to most of the MENA region on business assignments.

OLGA KOSTIC – EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Professionally qualified as an oenologist, graduating with a B.A.Sc. from Roseworthy Agriculture College, Olga’s 20-year international experience began as a flying Winemaker at Chateau Monbazillac. She subsequently advanced to International Sales & Marketing Manager for Burns Philp’s Food & Fermentation Division based in Lyon, France. Upon returning to Australia, Olga secured a role with Adelaide venture capital start-up, NuKorc, establishing markets and distribution in the non-English speaking countries of Europe and South America due to her fluency in French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

Since 2005, Olga has been co-director of Fleurieu Winery Supplies, supplying biotech solutions to the wine, fruit juice and olive oil industries. Olga resides in the Fleurieu and her passion for the region extends to her recent not-for-profit work as Business Development Manager with Regional Development Australia in addition to board positions as Treasurer with both Fleurieu Peninsula Tourism & Fleurieu Food. Current board positions are held with the Exporters Association of South Australia and The School of Languages, DECD. Olga received a scholarship from the Leaders Institute of SA for the Governors Leadership Foundation Program, and graduated in November 2014.

REHANA KHAN – EXECUTIVE OFFICER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Rehana has extensive legal and corporate knowledge and exposure to international trade. She has provided high level support and advice which has helped in the implementation of commercial strategies to achieve financial objectives for global trade and stimulated business development. This is further demonstrated by her 13 years post qualification experience as an in-house Solicitor and compliance specialist at dynamic multinational financial institutions.

Her discrete and courteous manner assists in maintaining a consistent approach through all communications. She is an energetic, commercially minded and approachable person who enjoys working in collaboration with other teams to promote commercial goals which will assist in maximising opportunities for current and future members of AACCI.

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